Nexcess Beefs Up Magento Hosting Options

Premier web hosting Magento partner Nexcess has announced a new high-end hosting option for Magento users with heavy volume. The MCE-SIP-400 option now buttresses the base SIP-100, 200, and 300 offerings by giving customers access to a scalable solution that can grow with your business.

Even the largest Magento sites can be served with a MCE-SIP-400 account as the base configuration includes:

  • 6 Web Application Servers –  Dell Power Edge R420, 2x Eight Core Sandy-Bridge Processors, 24GB of Memory, 2x 73GB 10K SAS Drives – RAID 1
  • 2 Database Servers – Dell Power Edge R420, 2x Eight Core Sandy-Bridge Processors, 24GB of Memory, 4x 146GB 15K SAS Drives – RAID 10
  • File Server – Dell R410, 2x Quad Core Processors, 24GB of Memory, 4x 300GB 15K SAS Drives – RAID 10
  • Load Balancer - Dell Power Edge 1950, 2x Quad Core Processors, 16GB of Memory, 2x 73GB 10K SAS Drives – RAID 1

As you can see, this is a monster system! Nexcess has always been a Commative Magento hosting favorite, and now they can fit any need big or small so check them out.

The Commative Team

Learn More With Magento Webinars

Ecommerce presents almost unlimited options for what you can do to improve your store, the customer experience, the presentation of your product, and to ultimately sell more. Magento is the best tool for the job to start, but part of what makes Magento so great is the massive community that has grown up around it to help broaden the platform into the ultimate ecommerce offering.

So how does one learn about all the extensions and themes and tips and tricks that can take Ultimento to the next level? Well, you can start by checking out a series of Magento webinars that have been put together to help guide you. Learn about everything from conversion optimization and responsive themes to system integrations and the power of B2B commerce.

The ecommerce landscape is as competitive as ever so it’s critical you find the advantages that will give your store the edge. Take a look at Magento’s webinars and keep your eyes peeled for blogs (especially the Commative Blog) to make sure you stay ahead of the pack.

The Commative Team

Magento Imagine 2013! Sign Up Now!

Registration has finally opened up for Magento’s annual Imagine conference in Las Vegas. The conference will again be held at the M Resort April 8th through 10th. This year’s theme  will be The Art of Commerce and act now, they fully expect the show to sell out just as it has every other year.

If you register before January 29th you can tickets for $895 (a $300 savings). It may sound like a lot of money, but the event is invaluable for expanding your knowledge of Magento-powered ecommerce. You’ll also get the chance to network with other Magento customers and developers, listen to speakers in the industry share their thoughts on the direction of retail, and have a blast with a ton of events and parties.

We can’t say enough about the importance of going so check out Magento’s page and you’ll see Commative and Ultimento there!

The Commative Team

102nd Annual National Retail Federation Convention – Retail’s Big Show 2013

You may not have heard of the NRF, but the National Retail Federation is a massive organization that focuses on all things retail. The organization has been around for over 100 years helping to guide the retail industry through standardized practices, lobbying for retail-friendly laws, and most recently seeing brick and mortar’s transformation into the digital and online age.

Once a year the biggest retail players in the world gather in New York to discuss the latest ideas and issues facing retailers. You should check out the NRF blog and follow along to gain insights into retail strategy, new angles of business, learn what others are doing, and to hone your craft. Even Magento is in attendance to talk about new online trends and how to bring your store into the 21st century.

We couldn’t make it out to New York this year, but after attending Magento’s Imagine conference we can’t stress enough how important this kind event can be. It’s one of the few opportunities where you can get out of the weeds of operation and take a step back to think strategically about your business and what to do next. If you’re in New York check out the show and if not, follow along so you don’t miss out!

The Commative Team

Online Holiday Sales Trump Traditional Retail

As the year end numbers continue to come in it’s clear that online retailers significantly outpaced their brick and mortar counterparts yet again. Traditional retailers eked out a minor 0.7% increase in sales over 2011 while online stores were up between 8% and 16%, depending on who you ask.

Part of the dip below expectations of a 3% or 4% lift can be attributed to a sizable decline in sales along the Eastern Seaboard as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Storms aside though, 2012 represents the poorest performing holiday season since 2008 and the height of the economic turmoil. Still though, many retailers are happy to have been positive and expectations for 2013 are high.

Did you find your online stores beat out your physical retail shops this year? Are you projecting a good year for 2013?

The Commative Team

Holiday Online Spending Up 13% in 2012

As the holiday sales season winds down online retailers can look back at an extremely successful period of revenue growth with spending up 13% from a year ago. Despite concerns around the fiscal cliff in the United States and a world economy only now slowly starting to find its feet consumers took the Internet in droves to do their holiday shopping.

Activity during “Green Week” (the second full week after Thanksgiving) also surpassed “Cyber Week” (the week of Cyber Monday) for the first time ever showing the power of online retail outside of Cyber Monday. Chase collects such data in its HolidayPulse site each holiday season providing data on year over year sales in the online space.

Did your Magento stores do well? Are you up from the year before? It’s been an exciting season here at Commative and we’re thankful to have helped so many retailers find success online.

Happy Holidays!

The Commative Team

 

Another Record Falls! Consumers Spend $1.5 Billion on Cyber Monday!

Comscore is reporting that Cyber Monday sales in the US jumped up 20% from last year to reach a staggering $1.5 billion! A nearly 50% lift from Black Friday, this marked the single largest day of online sales in history and hopefully is clearing a path for a record breaking season overall.

The National Retail Federation also reported a record 247 million shoppers went online over the 5 day holiday period, up over 20 million from the year before. Average order size was also up to $423 from $398 and total spending hit $59.1 billion across all channels.

The share of holiday revenue going online is only increasing thanks to rising consumer confidence in online security and improvements in merchandising and marketing operations with an online focus. Make sure your site is ready to compete and attract customers with a Magento store powered by Ultimento!

The Commative Team

Consumers Avoid the Crowds, Spend Record $1 Billion Online During Black Friday!

Online sales are off to another record start as US consumers spent $1.042 billion over computers and phones the day after Thanksgiving. This represents a 26% lift from a year ago and is an extremely positive sign for the holiday sales to come.

With this year being the longest possible holiday season (as Thanksgiving was as early as it can be in the calendar cycle) many analysts had expected consumers to pace themselves and reduce initial spending. Quite the contrary, purchasing started off with a bang as consumers spent $633 million on Thanksgiving day, a jump of nearly 32% from the year before.

Cyber Monday is expected to be another record breaker with talk of a potential $2 billion sales today. Make sure your Magento store is ready to ride the wave!

The Commative Team

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Here!

I hope you all enjoyed your turkey because its time to get ready for the biggest sales days of the year! Tomorrow will mark the official beginning of the holiday season and while not as online-centric, Black Friday is huge for retailers of all kinds.

You can bet on a busy weekend and then the coming Monday will kick of a week of Cyber deals where you should make sure your Magento store is ready for some major traffic. Get all of your product data in order, your promotions configured and ready to go, double check your inventory, and apply all those last minute changes you’ve been meaning to do.

Happy Selling!

The Commative Team

Ultimento 3.2 Officially Released!

Work on Ultimento never stops and today Commative is pleased to announce the release of Ultimento 3.2! This release doesn’t rock the boat too much and concentrates on a few bugs and layout tweaks we’ve been wanting to make. That said, there are a few new features too so make sure you check out Ultimento if it’s your first time and upgrade if you already use the most reviewed Magento template on the Internet.

Among the changes:

  • Updated checkout that includes a persistent preview of your cart
  • Additional Rich Snippets information tags
  • Cleaner text segmenting on the Dark theme
  • Fixed Twitter bug when account only has one tweet
  • More CSS tweaks to various pages

Get the update today at Commative.com or download the update through your user account!

The Commative Team